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A Pirate's Redemption

Fishers fish and merchants drift
But pirates search and seek and sift
They show their wealth with coins they spit   
While honest men give honest gifts 

A fletcher rises with the day 
His arrows up and sailed away 
The hunters come, and simply say 
There's cheaper arrows at pirate-bay

The fletcher fletched to get the price 
To fetch a necklace for his wife 
No sparkle where it laid to rest
Inside a buried pirate chest

Soon pirate Jack dug back to air
That necklace for  his maiden fair
Who swore she'd wear it for all time
But pawned it for a jug of wine 

And rallying to every lord
Was every peasant with a sword
So angry from the thefts of late
They yearned to give these thieves a face

The pirate leaders reasoned that
The best one to give up was Jack
Who stole one necklace, just one time 
The perfect scapegoat for their crimes

As he was ferried to the shore
The mob let out and angry roar
His downcast eyes could barely see
The guards that kicked him to his feet

When sight returned he saw a structure
A gallows, it could be no other
He thought dear God, this can't be real
Whos bloody necklace did i steal

In mock accordance with the law
A trial was held to find just cause
Somehow his sins were multiplied
As one by one they testified

You bloody stinking thieving rat
You stole my dying brothers cap
You rotten mellon of a man
How could you steal my mothers jam

You two bit dim wit squirt of pus
Why cant you work like all of us
You stole my pension chest from me
You evil seagul frim the sea

When midday sun was getting hot 
The longnose magistrate was wroth
He said to Jack, for all these crimes
You dont feel bad, now tell me why

And Jack said this is fallacy
It's you today who steal from me
Your going to snap my neck you horse
And im supposed to feel remorse?

The fletcher rubbed his tired eyes
Where from the trees he watched and cried
An oath his wife had made him take
No man would die for jewels today

He cried an angry battle roar
He cleared the trees and drew his sword 
Screamed
I will bleed and swear by it
Of all these crimes he's innocent

The magistrate jumped to his feet
Commanding that this man be seized
But far too many fighting men
Had sided with their fletching friend

The clumsy fleeing magistrate
Left threats of torture in his wake
Swore every man who stood for Jack
Would scream for mercy on the rack

The fletcher looked around a bit 
And said, well fellows, this is it
Go kiss your families, say goodbye
Were pirates all until we die!

Copyright © Kyle kriticos | Year Posted 2016

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  1. Date: 9/25/2016 11:20:00 PM

    A lively poem which I thoroughly enjoyed. A great tale. A well written poem.

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